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Fabulous Writing Quotes

Andre Gide: 
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.

Charles Caleb Colton
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.

Robert Frost
Poets need not go to Niagara to write about the force of falling water.

Raymond Chandler
The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.

Samuel Johnson: 
The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.

Bulwer-Lytton: 
The pen is mightier than the sword.

John Osborne:

Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.

Ben Franklin: 
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Socrates: Writing 
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

Flannery O’Connor: 
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.

Elie Wiesel
Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what you alone can write.

Sholem Asch
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.

Jules Renard
Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.

Stephen Leacock
Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself – it is the occurring which is difficult.

Jack London: 
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

F. Scott Fitzgerald
You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.

“You must write your first draft with your heart.  You rewrite with your head.  The first key to writing is to write, not to think!”
Finding Forrester (2000) – William Forrester (Sean Connery)

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Novelist meets French rock star, prepare for the sparkles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock star or husband – which would you choose?

Lost in your time, based in Paris, out on the 28th March

Ah, the dangers of the internet! We’ve all been warned, but do we take notice?

When Natasha clicks on a link, her whole life is turned upside down. A flash from the past, a chance meeting with a gorgeous French rock star…

A chance to start over and forget the pain and misery from the last two years.

But can Natasha let go? Will she accept this new twist in her life?

 

Elle’s chatty and engaging style invites us in to share Nat’s thoughts and feelings as she comes to terms with another of life’s twists. Will she choose happiness or duty? Or are they one and the same?

Jae De Wylde Minshall Novelist

 

Review copies are available, use contact form, thank you.

Posted by Indio Press.

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Author to author with Jeannie Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I’m delighted to introduce the lovely Jeannie Walker. I met her on Goodreads and she has an incredible tale to share with you.

Jeannie Walker is the author of “Fighting the Devil” – A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder

 

Jeannie Walker “I wrote Fighting the Devil to speak for my millionaire ex-husband, who no longer has a voice. He was murdered in an unthinkable and horrendous way. I am the mother of his only children. We are now Crime Victims in a Criminal Justice System that does not always work for the victims.

 

1.     How much does real life inspire or shape your writing?

Real life has always inspired me because truth is stranger than fiction.

2.     What is your biggest ambition?

Right now, it would be getting my book made into a movie.

3.     What would you like people to remember most about you?

That I have written something that helped them in some way.

4.     Marketing, a necessary evil?

Yes, marketing is a necessary evil. If we don’t market our own products – who will? And who knows it better than the author?

5.    Best piece of advice ever?

Read a lot of books. Reading helps writers become better at the trade.

6.    First person or third person?

I like writing in first person, but it is hard because that means I must bare my soul in order to be honest. 

 

Thanks Jeannie, so agree with you. Reading is essential. I do think as writers, we always bare our souls a little, or more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about the author here:

My Website: http://jeanniewalkerbooks.com

My Blog: http://jeannie-walker.blogspot.com

Amazon Author Link: http://amzn.to/x4wWRX

Amazon “Fighting the Devil”: http://amzn.to/e4loGz

Amazon “The Rain Snake’: http://amzn.to/yJEZCR

 

 

Jeannie has also published a short story, “The rain snake.”
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To cut a long story short ( the art of the novel )

” What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take ? ” is one of my favourite quotes from Jack Kerouac, especially at times of uncertainty, when I’ve been procrastinating  or simply struggling to make a decision.

I remember putting this quote once on a social network and many people  said they couldn’t understand it. I thought it was  abundantly clear. Trouble is, many people want everything explained to them.

It reminds me of this wonderful quote in ” The little prince ” by Antoine de Saint – Exupéry : ” Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. ”

It is the same for books, songs, poems which some people tend to over analyse, sometimes competing with others because they feel they’re the ones who’ve broken some code.

Either you get it or you don’t. When I hear a song or read a book, it has to talk to me, provoke some reaction. Sure over time, a song or a book might take a different meaning, another dimension, especially as you grow up, mature and experience the many adventures and lessons life throws your way.

I’m not one to deliberately write with fancy words. People often comment that I write from the heart which I consider to be a huge compliment. I am a very instinctive writer and when I do rewrite and edit, it’s never  in a quest of  finding  words that will make me appear intelligent or sophisticated.

Recently, I was reading an interview of Brett Easton Ellis in which he explains his frustration at having to explain , justify what he tweets.

He also made this comment : talking about technology : “There are some tweets out there that say what needs to be said in about 140 characters, while certain writers who literally masturbate for 400 pages fail to say [it] as succinctly.”

This particular comment struck a chord with me. So it’s blunt and to the point, no explanations needed !

Such a shame I find when you read a book that sounded promising only to find it goes on and on. I’m left thinking why this is the case, why the excessively long and boring passages. Perhaps it’s to please the publishing industry ?

People often ask how many words should a novel have.

I find this question both absurd and impossible to answer. It is not the number of words that makes up a good novel but rather the plot, the characters and the emotion they convey. After all, that is all that matters surely ? Who cares how many words it took to write it, either it’s a good story or it isn’t, however long or short.

What do you think /

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.  ~Sylvia Plath

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Author to Author with Jae De Wylde

 

Interview with Jae De Wylde, author of The Thinking Tank

I met Jae through my publisher, she’s a very friendly lady and talented writer. I’m thrilled to ask her a few questions for my blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any writing quirks? 

Oh my goodness – so many. I guess the most annoying one – and irritating for my husband, is that I have to have the whole house clean and tidy in order to be able to settle to writing – bonkers, hey? But if there is something that needs to be done on the domestic front, I just cannot concentrate until it’s sorted. However, the upshot of this is that my house sparkles the whole time that I am immersed in a novel!

Where do you most like to write? 

I have an old chaise longue that has migrated from house to house and room to room – but wherever it is, that’s where I like to write. I do also enjoy writing in coffee shops though. I spent lots of time in a well-known brand place in Town Centre Dubai when we lived over there – they were so lovely to me.

How much does real life inspire or shape your writing? 

I have had quite a lot of life’s so-called T-shirts. I think you bring your thoughts, feelings, and senses to your work, as well as familiar places – but keep it rooted firmly in fiction. Real life would be in danger of being far too pedestrian told as it is. That said, The Thinking Tank was conceived when I had to spend two hours per day, five days a week in a hyperbaric oxygen tank (see my blog ‘Life’s Crappy Stuff’ for details).

Are you a disciplined writer? Do you make yourself sit down every day or do you write in bursts? 

When I am properly in the flow I make myself write 1500 words a day, 5 days per week plus I always edit the previous day’s work. If I don’t manage my target, I make up for it at weekends and never let myself off the hook

The dreaded writer’s block, have you been struck with it or blissfully spared? 

I have been lucky to have been spared thus far. Sometimes the first 20 minutes or so of what I write just has to be scrapped – but then I get in the zone and I become very uncommunicative for a few hours!

What do you like best about writing? 

Discovering what’s going to happen next! No – seriously, I have tried planning until the very last page but in reality, the characters just take over to the extent that I can’t wait to see how it ends. Characters just develop as you go along – so what you had intended for them no longer suits their personality – it’s fascinating. There’s a huge twist in my plot, which just kind of wrote itself. Honestly!

The Thinking Tank is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle, in all branches of Walkers and through branches of Waterstones and Waterstones.com

www.jaedewylde.com

Also available through: www.expatbookshop.com

Facebook: Jae De Wylde/ Twitter: @jaedewylde

Blog: Life’s Crappy Stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bio:

Half Dutch and born between the in-and-out gates of a distillery on the borders of Wandsworth and Battersea, way before the area became chic, I loved the whole London culture vibe as I was growing up. I went to Grey Coat Hospital Girls’ Grammar School in Victoria (a real privilege – I am grateful for the experience to this day), and then on to read BA Jt Hons Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. I loved my early career as a Modern Languages (French and German) teacher, working in both the state and private sector. Writing has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. Following on from freelance journalism, my work as Editor for Travelsphere holidays was fantastic – travel is a great passion and I am blessed to have done a lot of it, and to have lived for a spell in Spain and in The Middle East. I also enjoyed editing Embrace Magazine for a couple of years – an intensely busy time, bonkers but good. Life has not all been easy. When one of the closest people to me died I thought that the world would end and it almost did. When I surfaced, I realised that it had simply changed forever, and decided to honour her memory with the passion I try to inject into everything I do. The Thinking Tank was inspired by a desire to turn life’s crappy stuff into something meaningful and enriching…our past doesn’t always have to dictate our future. I am now living in Lincolnshire with my husband and two chihuahuas.

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Author to Author with Rochelle Melander

Welcome to Rochelle Melander, CEO of Write Now! Coach, a writing, editing, and coaching practice that she founded in 2001. Her 10th book, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) will be released in October 2011. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Where do you most like to write?

I write in my home office, next to a window, so I can watch the squirrels, birds and the neighbor’s cat when I have writer’s block. I live in a college neighborhood, and my office window overlooks a duplex filled with college students. Over the years, I have been treated to many more risque sights and sounds than squirrels and birds. My other very favorite place to write is at my friends’ home on Coronado Island in California. I love to look out at the lemon tree and smell the ocean as I write!

  • How much does real life inspire or shape your writing?

Tons! I am always revisiting my life experiences in my writing work. Since I mostly write nonfiction, I often use my daily experiences as a jumping off point for the writing I do. I am currently working on a novel, and I am finding that I do the same thing. I am planning to host my first Thanksgiving dinner ever in a few weeks. It just so happens, that I have given the characters in my NaNoWriMo novel the same challenge. This way, I get to look up recipes during my work time and get a double benefit out of it.

  • Plotter or pantser?

I land somewhere in the middle. I usually have an idea of the general plot line, but then I develop the specific plot turns and scenes as I write. Sometimes I stick to the original plot lines, sometimes I don’t.

  • The dreaded writer’s block, have you been struck with it or blissfully spared?

I’ve had massive bouts of writer’s block and have finally figured out that writer’s block usually means something. Here are the likely culprits: 1. I am tired. 2. The book’s structure, plot, or topic is not working. For either crisis, I take a break from writing that piece and do something else. (Take a nap, do laundry, play with kids, walk in the park.) When I come back, I am usually able to write or find a solution to the book’s problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the Write Now! Coach, Rochelle Melander coaches professionals, executives, writers, business owners, and aspiring authors. Write Now! Coach Rochelle Melander values the power of writing to change the lives of writers and readers. She teaches aspiring authors how to make time to write, shape their ideas into a book or product, sell their work, and navigate social media.

 

Write Now! Coach evolved from Ms. Melander’s related careers as an author, feature writer, copywriter, editor and coach. Rochelle writes a popular Ezine, Write Now! Weekly Writing Tips, blogs regularly, and hosts the Write Now! Mastermind Class

 

Find out more:

Rochelle@writenowcoach.com

http://www.linkedin.com/in/rochellemelander

http://www.twitter.com/writenowcoach

 

www.write-a-thon.com

www.writenowcoach.com

The link to the book trailer is:  http://bit.ly/WriteathonTrailer

 

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Author to Author with Michelle Betham

Please welcome on my blog today lovely author Michelle Betham. I’ve had the pleasure to meet Michelle through the Famous Five Club, a wonderful group for authors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • What inspires you the most when writing?

Music.  I am a huge fan of music anyway, it’s always been such an integral part of my life, and I can’t write unless I’m listening to certain songs because music sets the mood for me.  Every single one of my books has a “soundtrack” to it, a list of songs that were played as I was writing that particular book, songs that inspired events or character changes, songs that gave me ideas.  Just listening to certain lyrics can point me in the right direction when I’m suffering the dreaded writers’ block, or when it feels like all the ideas have dried up.  It’s not the only thing that inspires me, of course, but music is a huge part of my inspiration.

  • Where do you most like to write?

At my desk in the back bedroom.  I’ve set up my own little office in there, and it’s my territory, it’s where I got to get away from it all.  It was probably a mistake to place the desk facing the window, though, as I can be found just staring out of it when my concentration level is low, but it’s great to have my own space where I can go to write.  Of course, given half a chance (and a nice lottery win) I’d love to be writing in a little Spanish villa overlooking the sea but, for now, my desk in the back bedroom will have to do!

  •  Are you a disciplined writer? Do you make yourself sit down every day or do you write in bursts?

I try to be a disciplined writer, but it doesn’t always work out that way!  I do try to write every day – even if it’s just a blog post, or making notes for a new book – but I can have a terrible habit of getting easily distracted.  I think I was actually far more disciplined before I actually published any of my books, because I had nothing to concentrate on except writing, so that was all I did, all day every day.  I just wrote.  But now that the marketing side of things has come into it, and my involvement with social networking has grown, it’s far easier to get distracted, but it’s something I’m working on.  The self-discipline needs to come back into force because my new book won’t write itself!

  •  Marketing, a necessary evil?

Absolutely!  When I first started out on this journey as an independent author around six months ago I had no idea – and I mean, no idea – just how much marketing was involved when it came to getting yourself as an author and your books known.  It was a shock, to say the least, especially to someone as shy as me because I am just not used to putting myself out there.  So it’s been a very long and very hard learning curve, and I’m still learning new things every day.  But the one thing I really wasn’t ready for was how much time it takes up, and I think the hardest thing I’m finding right now is that balance.  I really want to have days where I just sit down and write, but I also need to be out there marketing as much as I possibly can.  So, yes, marketing is definitely a necessary evil, but it’s something you can’t ignore.  It has to be done.

  •  What do you like best about writing?

Being able to do what I’ve always dreamed of doing – make up stories for a living!  I love the fact that I can sit down every day and create new scenarios, new characters, sending them off on a journey that will, hopefully, allow readers to take that journey with them and escape into those characters’ lives, just for a few hours.  That’s what I love about writing.  Being able to get all these thoughts and ideas that I’ve had in my head for so long down on paper and finally turn them into something real.  Something that, I hope, people will enjoy reading.  Creating escapism, that’s what I really love about writing!

 

About Michelle: 

Born in the North East of England, Michelle is an ex-media technician turned Independent author of glamorous, sexy romance novels No Matter What and See You At The Show, and the more chick lit-inspired comedy romance Too Much Trouble in Paradise.

Having spent a couple of years living on the Spanish Canarian island of Tenerife – which was the inspiration for Too Much Trouble in Paradise – she now lives in County Durham with her incredibly tolerant husband and West Highland Terrier, and spends most days at her desk drinking endless cups of tea as she creates more stories and new characters for future novels.

A huge fan of music – especially rock – she loves watching movies, reading, and she’s at her happiest with a large bar of chocolate and a glass of wine!

She’s currently working on her fourth novel – Illusions of Love – a follow up to No Matter What.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links

My blogs – Michelle Betham – Romance Author http://michellebethamwriter.blogspot.com/

and Michelle Betham: Romance Author – It’s All About The Books http://michellebethamindieauthor.blogspot.com/

 

Find me on Facebook – My normal account https://www.facebook.com/michellebetham.author

and my Facebook Author Page  https://www.facebook.com/michellebetham.romanceauthor

 

Follow me on Twitter –  https://twitter.com/#!/michellebetham

 

Book Link

No Matter What on Amazon.co.ukhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Matter-What-ebook/dp/B00537TKN8

No Matter What on Amazon.com –  http://www.amazon.com/No-Matter-What-ebook/dp/B00537TKN8

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